|Washington County leads to Lake Champlain and the lake is the gateway to southern Quebec. The Eastern Townships are, if possible, even more rural than northern NY and Vermont. They pride themselves on their beauty as the autumn view demonstrates, but also on their cuisine based on regional products. The Abbey at Saint-Benoit makes excellent cheese. The website has many beautiful photos including some on the production of cheese, but it doesn't appear that you can purchase cheese online. Brome Lake Ducks raises wonderful duck, and makes great foie gras and paté. Again, the website has lovely photos but it appears no online store. The region is dotted with wineries and there is a wine tour map. There was a website for the tour but it appears to be down. The Le Cep d'Argent was one of the wineries on the map. Obviously, no possibilities to order wine to be delivered across the border!|
|Vignoble La Bauge has wine and and as the logo suggests, wild boar or sanglier in French. We brought home some paté made from wild boar and oyster mushrooms that was wonderful with a few crackers and a rich Burgundy. Again, no online store, which brings us to Le Clé de Champs or Manoir Hovey. Le Clé de Champs is a festival in May or June that celebrates local products. However, if you want to enjoy the best that the eastern Townships have to offer at any time, book a room at this converted summer cottage (cottage as in Newport-size cottage!) and enjoy the local food at one of the finest tables in France, oops French Canada. It is on Lake Massawippi affording great sunset views across the lake. When we were there in mid-September, they were offering a five course meal featuring many local foods with local wild mushrooms paired with French Burgundies from their marvelous cellar. There are cheaper places to stay, try Les Gites de Charme, but they probably won't be as nice as Manoir Hovey.|
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